How to Dry Moringa and Make Green Powder – A New Raw Super Food

This is John Kohler with OkRaw.com, today
I’m going to have an exciting episode and I’m going to talk about a new product that
is coming out really soon. It’s called moringa and moringa is basically
a tropical tree that grows and you can just harvest the leaves and eat them. Yes! You can eat them raw, they don’t taste so
good, it’s not like eating lettuce it’s kind of bitter so I would consider it more
of a medicinal herb. Moringa has been used since 2000 BC as actually
a medicinal herb and not necessarily as a food where they make full and complete meals
out of it. But, that being said, moringa is very nutritious,
so per tablespoon moringa contains 20-30% protein, 9 times more protein than yogurt,
if you still eat yogurt; 10 times the vitamin A of carrots, 17 times the calcium of milk,
15 times the potassium of bananas, 25 times the potassium of spinach and 4 times the chlorophyll
of wheatgrass and we all know how good wheatgrass is for us. That being said, it also has about half the
vitamin C of orange so that’s a lot of vitamin C compared to other things. So another thing about moringa is that it’s
up to 40% protein by dry weight, containing all the essential amino acids and it’s packed
with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and much more. One of those things that it has that I actually
really like is plant cytokines which are basically like plant hormones, which are basically “anti-aging”
for the plant and may also be anti-aging for us, so moringa is a very good food. I encourage people to grow it in their garden,
they can grow it fresh and eat it. Let’s see… it doesn’t like places that
frost although it might die back to the roots and you could mulch it heavily if you do live
in a place that frosts, it grows very well in the tropics and places where it stays very
warm. Well, anyways, on today’s episode what we’re
going to show you is we’re going to talk to you about the processing of how standard
moringa is processed in trade and then also how I’m going to process it and how I think
trade should be processing their moringa using more natural methods. So I was lucky enough to visit my friend Bruce
the other day and harvest a moringa tree so let’s go to that clip and we’ll show you
me chopping down a moringa tree and harvesting some moringa leaves. (JOHN) So here we go… there we go! (VIEWER) YAY!! Woooo!!! (JOHN) Here’s the whole tree in my hand. It’s falling ahhh!! So what I’m doing now is I’m trimming
all the extra branches off the moringa tree and we’re going to take these branches and
basically dehydrate the leaves at a low temperature. [Scene change] It was so fun chopping down
that moringa tree, got to chop it down, I was eating fresh leaves out of the plant and
yes, it was a bit bitter so once again I would use it as a medicinal herb. So I have several classes of foods in my opinion:
I have things that are food that I can eat an abundance of and I love so much and that
I could eat every day, day in and day out, and some things maybe when they taste bitter
or they may not taste so good I treat those more as a medicinal, so I would eat those
in small or more limited quantities. So moringa would be really good to add to
like a smoothie or maybe add to a salad dressing, if you do cook things you could add it to
baked goods, you could make a tea out of it, it would probably make a good tea. If you don’t heat up water or cook your
water you could make iced teas with the moringa as well. So in the marketplace now pretty soon you’ll
be able to go down to any health food store or any raw food shop online and you’ll be
able to buy powdered moringa in a package much like this. I actually got this at a recent trade show
for the health food industry and this is a new food product that is coming out and soon
you’ll be able to buy it but, once again freshest is bestest and grow your own if you
can, get some seeds, they start really easy from cuttings actually. So… but freshest is bestest. So, if you do buy the packaged product please
be aware that most moringa is probably not raw when you’re buying it, most moringa
has been treated and I’ve talked to a manufacturer that processes moringa and how they do this
is: they harvest the moringa leaves, then what they do is they blanch them because they
want to kill the bacteria and the mold and the yeast and everything because if they’re
not blanched they MAY have mold and bacteria especially when they’re doing it in a third
world country where maybe they don’t have the best sanitation and this and that; so,
they want to sterilize them and they do this by blanching, for a short period of time,
but nonetheless it’s blanching and it gets hotter than what a raw foodist would like. Then the next process after it’s blanched
then it’s dried, and it shade dries, so that’s good. and in the shade it’s dried,
it’s better than sundried because sundried could actually fry things, it could actually
get too hot so shade dried is much better and usually it’s dried for maybe 2 to 4
days depending on the climate, the temperature and all that kind of good stuff and then what
they do is they basically grind it down using machinery or the old fashioned mortar and
pestle way and then they’ll basically bag it up and put it in a bag for you. So that’s the conventional way and what
I would recommend for people that are processing moringa in a big, large, industrial volume
is instead of doing the blanching let’s invest in a UV light system where basically
UV light will kill all the pathogens and bacteria and things like that but then it won’t be
adding any heat to the process and that would be the excellent, and best way in my opinion,
to still meet that requirement of getting rid of all the yeast, bacteria and fungi and
stuff and preserving the product without heating it up. So the way I’m going to process it is: I
took the whole leaves, stripped off the leaves from the branches and then put them in the
dehydrator at low temperature, so let’s go ahead and check that out. [Scene change] So the leaves that are kind
of light green I don’t generally like to use those, maybe they’re not so good so
I’ll come up to these branches up here with the leaves that are much more dark green. Let’s get down to some of these much dark
green and we’ll compare that to the yellow leaves there, you can definitely see the difference
between the, hopefully, the yellow leaves here and the dark green leaves there. So I’ll go ahead and easily snap this off,
you just pull down and it’ll come off and now what we do is we take it over to the processing
center here and what I’ve been painstakingly doing is stripping off the leaves. So to do that, let’s see if I can do this
with two hands, come with one hand and just pull it all the way down, it’ll basically
strip it and I’ll just have the leaves and I don’t want to try to get a lot of stems
when I’m dehydrating because I’ll probably just turn this into powder so I don’t want
any thick stems and once again just take this and take all the leaves off. So as you can see I have all these leaves
here and we’re just putting them on a dehydrator sheet, so we take it over here to the dehydrator
and I already have one, two, three, four, five trays of moringa leaves that I’ll be
dehydrating at low temperature. So I like this dehydrator here, this is the
Excalibur brand dehydrator, and there’s a thermostat on here so you can adjust the
temperature, so I like to have a temperature at approximately 118° that way it preserves
the vital enzymes and more nutrients in the food, and so that’s pretty quiet there we’re
just going to run it overnight. [Scene change] So I left the leaves in the
dehydrator for about 24 hours at 118° o they’re fully dehydrated and now let’s go check
the dehydrator and harvest the leaves. [Scene change] The dehydrator has been running
approximately 24 hours and that was a sufficient time to dry all the moringa that we put into
the dehydrator. The dehydrator has been set for 118° to basically
keep the enzymes active. So what I’m going to do now is we’re going
to turn off the dehydrator, real simple, real easy, we’re going to remove the cover of
the dehydrator and you can see all our dried moringa leaves, so let’s go ahead and pull
out a tray of moringa leaves and here are the dried moringa leaves. Note the color on this moringa leaves, they’re
nice and bright green, sometimes the moringa powders you get are a lot darker color so
I kind of wander how they’re processing it to get it to that dark color when truly
raw moringa leaves are nice and vibrant, kind of like light green color. So how to harvest this on this tray if we
start shoving it around he leaves will flake and break up and we’ll make a mess everywhere
so what I like to do is use a standard paper bag here and we’re simply going to take
this paper bag and when you put this dehydrator tray diagonally in the paper bag it pretty
much fits all the way in no problem. Then what you do is shake it out of the tray,
all the leave material will go into the bag without dropping all over the floor and there
you have all the dried moringa leaves. So I’m going to continue this process and
harvest all the moringa leaves out of the dehydrator and I’m going to have a bag of
moringa leaves that I will then, very important, to put into air tight containers so I would
prefer mason jars, which are glass, and then seal the lid tight and if you really want
to get extreme and preserve it you could then use a FoodSaver to suck all the air out of
that mason jar. Dried moringa will store up to one year before
it should be used. So I just got done emptying the dehydrator
out and I have a whole bag of moringa leaves, several pounds probably, and this stuff is
really expensive here to buy so I’m glad… wow it actually smells really good. So what I’m going to do now is I’m going
to take some of the leaves and I’m going to turn them into a powder and I’m going
to show you guys how to make a powder really easily using the Blendtech HP3A blender, so
what we’re going to do is we’re going to take our leaves here, take our carafe,
this is very important whether you’re using a Blendtech or a Vitamix you need to use a
high power blender, most low power blenders won’t actually work that well to make a
nice fine powder. The main thing to remember when you’re doing
leaf powders out of anything… you can make it out of kale leaves, you just dehydrate
kale, put it in here and it’ll make a leaf powder; dried wheatgrass will make a wheatgrass
powder real simple… the main thing is you want to make sure the carafe is completely
dry so if you’ve had your morning smoothie and it’s still a little bit wet you want
to take some napkins or a towel and dry it out completely, very important otherwise the
powder would be wet and it’s just not going to work and your powder might go bad because
when there is moisture that’s when things can go bad. So I’ve made sure this is completely dry,
what we’re going to do next is simply fill up this carafe with some leaves. You’re going to take some leaves there and
carefully just put them into the carafe, real simple and real easy and you can kind of help
it a little bit squeezing them down, compressing them a little bit, and I mean, this stuff
compresses down a lot, there’s a lot of extra air space in these leaves. So when you’ve got a number of leaves in
there we’re going to basically put the top on, always make sure the top is sealed really
tight and put it on the blender. Now, let’s blend! Crank it up to high, all you need is a few
seconds on high and then we’re going to open up the carafe and take a look at that,
instant moringa leaf powder and I don’t know if you can see that on the video but
that leaf powder is almost a fluorescent green, not quite… it’s a nice vibrant green color,
unlike some of the powders on the market that are a lot darker. [Scene change] So now that I have all these
dried moringa leaves what am I going to do with them? Or what can you do with them? Well the easiest thing is to make teas out
of it, either an iced tea, a cold tea or a warm tea. You could add it to soups and salads, add
it to smoothies and shakes you could also add moringa to baked good or dehydrated goods
and add it to snacks. So there’s many ways you could use moringa
and once again I encourage you to use it as a medicinal and not necessarily as a food
where you eat large quantities but a little bit every other day or every couple of days. So I hope you’ve learned more about moringa
today so once again to sum it up: moringa will be probably coming out soon to your local
health food store and raw food shop online may have probably been blanched in the processing
of the moringa, unless you’re doing it yourself you never know if anything is raw. So please check my other videos on YouTube
to watch the video ‘Just because it’s raw, doesn’t mean it’s healthy’ and
remember freshest is bestest. So once again this is John Kohler with OkRaw.com
and keep eating your fresh fruits and vegetables, they’re the best for you.

100 comments

  1. hey john tnks bud' yuh Vy gd n herbs n holistic living ! I Ned Dis tip so Vy mush , do u sell books on herb or have herbal books recommendations many tnks to u I enjoy yuh bring smile with these videos as wel. god blessing OK…

  2. What do you mean by the leaves " will store up to 1 year before it should be used?" In my country, we go outside pick the leaves and make tea

  3. I have the seeds for these if you are interested – anyone looking for seeds contact me. My neighbor swears by them. My husband started growing the trees a couple years ago now we have a quite a few. We make teas, pastes, soaps, and cook with the leaves.

  4. B4 u speak of 3rd world countries u should visit them. Sorry to say u r so ignorant. u have no bacteria in ur country?

  5. It's a good idea to check for side effects etc before use….for example moringa has been used as an aphrodisiac …..http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-1242-moringa.aspx?activeingredientid=1242

  6. Interesting. You said that factories blench leaves to kill bacteria. But here i don't see the procedure to kill the bacteria, or have I misunderstood?

  7. Hier werden Aepfel mit Birnen verglichen. Real: Man vergleichst das Moringa Pulver mit den andere Fruechten, also nicht Pulver mit Pulver. Der wirkliche Vergleich sieht viel nuechterner aus, dann ist Moringa gar keine Wunderpflanye mehr.

  8. Just bought 2 moringa seedlings because of your videos and also My grandma once used the leaves instead of more eggs when we cannot afford eggs for everybody back in the day. i guess this is how my grand parents survived WW2. it basically grow on salty tropical sand and fertilised by naturally occurring microorganism breaking down waste water. (Kacang kelur)

  9. Why would you cut down the tree? You don't cut the tree you pluck the leaves and let the tree grow more fool…

  10. help! can any variety of this species is good? I want to buy it and grow it and dry it and put it in a smoothie

  11. What is the normal shelf life of the powder after grinding? Does the colour change after awhile or does it stays the same vibrant?

  12. The leaves you show do not look like "Moringa leaves" in which case you must be a cheat! stop misleading people!

  13. Hi John, i need to buy 1 dry vegetables machine for myself at home. please recommend which brand is good to use.
    I need online shopping because i'm living in VietNam .

    Thank you.
    Yuki

  14. Do you wash the leaves before dehydrating? If so do you just use water or water with vinegar?

  15. Hey guys. I need your help. I have a moringa tree, but finding it difficult to get a blender for it. Some blenders do not have the power and overheat. I was wondering which blender/speed/power I must look for. Thank you!

  16. Great Vid … by the way, Moringa is a great addition to lentil soups (East Indian Dal dishes) including the long pods known as drumstick. It is not just medicinal, it is used in East Indian cooking and adds a good body of flavor to the food. Yes it is is bitter when raw, but when cooked it tastes great. I've eaten it growing up. Thanks for sharing.

  17. Why do you cut the whole tree to harvest the leaves, Okraw?
    Can't you cut of the half of the branches?

    I heard, IN sun-drying never heats over 45°C or F113?

  18. Trees are sensitive to everything like us, you just chopped it in half only for leaves ..such a waste of tree … annoying fuck face

  19. Kevin Harrington, original Shark on Shark Tank endorses and interviews owners of Miracle Moringa! Stay tuned, interview will be uploaded here one week before it airs on Fox Business News in early March 2018. www.realmoringa.com

  20. NAG IMAS TI MARUNGGAY. INTA PAY MANGAN AHH TAPNO NALAING TI ULO. NGEM NI MANANG LANIE, LUGAW MET TI KANKANNEN NA. ISU AWAN RAMAN TI ULO NA. KAASI. Translation. Malunggay is Delicious. Let us eat it to help us become intelligent. But Lenie eats LUGAW only so nothing is inside her head. Pity.

  21. Raw vs cooked? I don't understand why taking so much care to dry it at a very low temperature if it is to cook it/ bake it later on. Does heat kills the nutrients or not??

  22. Would a good vinegar wash be a good idea before consuming raw? And how long does it keep raw in refrigerator?

  23. I bought my Moringa seeds from BAKER CREEK HEIRLOOM SEEDS, all of them grew. The seeds I bought from eBay failed completely.

  24. Third world country where you may have brought and grown in your garden and then chopping down the whole tree for your video.

  25. Moringa become famous when many Filipino migrate in around the world. Filipino share to other citizens that the MALUNGAY/MALUNGGAY/MORINGA CAN BE A GOOD VIAND OR ULAM, we know that medicinal but only in the Philippines The Malungay is food. All the ancient tribes in the Philippines used it as medicine and ulam down these Generation. It is good dish pas for me Chicken Moringa in coconut milk, its yummy promise try it, it is my favorite dish we call it Ginataang Manok sa Malungay. Tinolang Manok with Malungay. Thank you Sir . More power.

  26. that was a cruel way of trimming the moringa tree. Its a miracle tree. You can just gently trim the branches and wash it. Moringa has a property where dirt does not stick to the leaves.

  27. I don't get why people keep saying that milk has calcium when we all know that cow's milk actually steals calcium from our bones. Milk is for babies, and cow's milk is for cattle.

  28. i am curious why you would chop the tree down instead of growing it to its own demise, as it is very prolific with sprouts and side branches?? Anyway all these claims for all these super foods alarm me because it may not contain ANY of them imo does it not matter the soil it is grown in? Here in Florida I grow it in 6.5 soil sandy and in Florida the nutrition you add to the soil drains thru quickly. So I never know the actual nutrient value of my homegrown, or anyone else's commercial or private for that matter. Many food charts are from 50 years ago when the soil was very rich and not raped like it is now. I also want to mention that it grows long seed pods but my tree survived this winter, we had a mild North FL winter for once, and its ready for harvest again. I love your hint about the paper bag and also about the dry container. So practical. Thanx as always thumbs up!

  29. I dried fresh moringa leaves using dehydrator 70 degree.. i was wondering why my moringa powder taste sweet and little bit spicy. Could anyone know the reason? By the way i put 3 grams of moringa on 1 glass of water
    Thank you

  30. The way I dry is to remove the stalks full of leaves from the tree, make bunches and tie the stalks, +/- 15 stalks. Give them all a good rinsing in running water, Hang them in the shade stalks up, leaves down for a couple of days. Then I just rake the leaves using my fingers onto a drying tray then leave to dry out prior to grinding.

  31. Where is being done at,? May I ask,? In the USA,? Or Abroad etc.? Thanks for sharing very interesting etc. Now in 2019 I just learned about Moringa 's Health Benefits etc.

  32. Just make sure that any Powder Moringa, That you buy is really of the Dark Green Color if not it's spoiled stuff & return it, If it' Brown, Yellowish in Color Period.

  33. Great Smoothies mixed with Ginger, Tumeric Powder, & a Dash of Black pepper, for the Tumeric etc. Coconut Oil etc etc.

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